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It were not good: for therein should we read To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
And witch* the world with noble horsemanship. The very list,* the very utmost bound
Hot. No more, no more ; worse than the sun Of all our fortunes.
in March, Doug. 'Faith, and so we should !
This praise doth nourish agues. Let them come; Wheret now remains a sweet reversion :
They come like sacrifices in their trim, We may boldly spend upon the hope of what And to the fire-ey'd maid of smoky war, Is to come in:
All hot, and bleeding, will we offer them : A comfort of retirement lives in this.
The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit, Hot. A rendezvous, a home to fly unto, Up to the ears in blood. lam on fire, If that the devil and mischance look big To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh, Upon the maidenhead of our affairs.
And yet not ours:- Come, let me take my horse, Wor. But yet, I would your father had been Who is to bear me, like a thunderbolt, The quality and hairf of our attempt [here, Against the bosom of the prince of Wales: Brooks no division: It will be thought
Harry to Harry shall, hot horse to horse, By some, that know not why he is away, Meet, and ne'er part, till one drop down a corse.That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike 0, that Glendo wer were come! Of our proceedings, kept the earl from hence; Ver. There is more news : And think, how such an apprehension
I learn'd in Worcester, as I rode along, May turn the tide of fearful faction,
He cannot draw his power this fourteen days. And breed a kind of question in our cause: Doug. That's the worst tidings that I hear of For, well you know, we of the offering side
yet. Must keep aloof from strict arbitrement ;
Wor. Ay, by my faith, that bears a frosty sound. And stop all sight-holes, every loop, from whence Hot. What may the king's whole battle reach 'The eye of reason may pry in upon us :
unto ? This absence of your father's draws a curtain, Ver. To thirty thousand. That shows the ignorant a kind of fear,
Hot. Forty let it be ; Before not dreamt of.
My father and Glendower being both away, Hot. You strain too far.
The powers of us may serve so great a day. 1, rather, of his absence make this use;
Come, let us make a muster speedily : It lends a lustre, and more great opinion, Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily. A larger dare to our great enterprize,
Dong. Talk not of dying; I am out of fear Than if the earl were here: for men must think, Of death, or death's hand, for this one half year. If we, without his help, can make a head
[Exeunt. To push against the kingdom; with his help, We shall o'erturn it topsy-turvy down.-
SCENE II.-A Public Road near Corentry. Yet all goes well, yet all our joints are whole. Doug. As heart can think: there is not such Enter FALSTAFF and BARDOLPH.
a word Spoke of in Scotland, as this term of fear.
Fal. Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry;
fill me a bottle of sack : our soldiers shall march Enter Sir RICHARD VERNON.
through ; we'll to Sutton-Colfield to-night. Hot. My consin Vernon! welcome, by my soul.
Bard. Will you give me money, captain?
Fal. Lay out, lay out. Ver. Pray God, my news be worth a welcome,
Bard. This bottle makes an angel. lord, The earl of Westmoreland, seven thousand strong, it make twenty, take them all, I'll answer the
Fal. An if it do, take it for thy labour; and if Is marching hitherwards ; with him, prince John. coinage. Biù my lieutenant Peto meet me at the Hol. No harm: What more?
town's end. Ver. And further, I have learn'd,
Bard. I will, captain : farewell. [Erit. The king himself in person is set forth,
Fal. If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, i am a Or hitherwards intended speedily, With strong and mighty preparation.
souced gurnet.t I have misused the king's press Hot. He shall be welcome too. Where is his and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds.
dampably. I have got, in exchange of a hundred son, The nimble-footed mad-cap prince of Wales,
I press me none but good householders, yeomen's And his comrades, that daff'd, the world aside,
sops: inquire me out contracted bachelors, such
as had been asked twice on the bans; such a And bid it pass ? Ver. All furnish'd, all in arms,
commodity of warm slaves, as had as lief hear
the devil as a drum : such as fear the report of 3 All plum'u like estridges|| that wing the wind; Bated like eagles having lately bath'd ;
caliver, I worse than a struck fowl, or a hurt wild Glittering in golden coats, like images ;
duck. I pressed me none but such toasts and butAs full of spirit as the mouth of May,
ter, with hearts in their bellies no bigger than
pins' heads, and they have bought out their serAnd gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
vices; and now my whole charge consists of an
cients, corporals, lieutenants, gentlemen or comI saw young Harry,--with his beaver on, His cuisses** on his thighs, gallantly arm’d,
panies, slaves as ragged as Lazarus in the painted Rise froin the ground like feather'd Mercury,
cloth, where the glutton's dogs licked his sores : And vaulted with such ease into his seat,
and such as, indeed, were never soldiers; but
discarded unjust serving-men, younger sons to As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds,
younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers * Line.
trade-fallen; the cankers of a calm world, and ragged than an old faced ancient :* and such Hot. His is certain, ours is doubtful. have I, to fill up the rooms of them that have Wor. Good cousin, be advis'd ; stir not tobought out their services, that you would think, night. that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals, Ver. Do not, my lord. lately come from swine-keeping, from eating Doug. You do not counsel well ; draff and husks. A mad fellow met me on the You speak it out of fear, and cold heart. way, and told me, I had uploaded all the gibbets, Ver. Do me no slander, Douglas : by my life, and pressed the dead bodies. No eye hath seen (And I dare well maintain it with my life,) such scare-crows. I'll not march through Co- If well respected honour bid me on, ventry with them, that's flat:-Nay, and the vil. I hold as little counsel with weak fear, lains march wide betwixt the legs, as if they had | As you, my lord, or any Scot that lives :gyvest on; for, indeed, I had the most of them Let it be seen to-morrow in the battle, out of prison. There's but a shirt and a half in Which of us fears. all my company: and the half shirt is two nap- Doug. Yea, or to-night. kins, tacked together, and thrown over the shoul- Ver. Coutent. ders like a herald's coat without sleeves; and the Hot. To-night, say I. shirt, to say the truth, stolen from my host at Saint Ver. Come, come, it may not be. Alban's, or the red-nose inu-keeper of Daintry. I wonder much, being men of such great leading, But that's all one; they'll find linen enough on That you foresee not what impediments every hedge.
| Whereas. The complexion, the character. Threw off. a long peace; ten times more dishonourably || Dressod with Ostrich feathers. * Fresh as birds just washed. ** Armour.
* Bewitch, charm. 1 A fish.
| A gula
Drag back our expedition: Certain borse
Of my cousin Vernon's are not yet come up: Enter Prince HENRY and WESTMORELAND.
Your uncle Worcester's horse came but to-day; P. Hen. How now, blown Jack? how now, And now their pride and mettle is asleep, quilt ?
Their courage with hard labour tame and dull, Fal. What, Hal? How now, mad wag? what That not a horse is half the half himself. a devil dost thou in Warwickshire?-My good
Hot. So are the horses of the enemy lord of Westmoreland, I cry you mercy; I In general, journey-bated, and brought low ; thought, your honour had already been at the better part of ours is full of rest. Shrewsbury.
Wor. The number of the king exceedeth ours: West. 'Faith, Sir John, 'tis more than time For God's sake, cousin, stay till all come in. that I were there, and you too; but my powers
[The trumpel sounds a parley. are there already: The king, I can tell you, looks for us all; we must away all night.
Enter Sir WALTER BLUNT. Fal. Tut, never fear me; I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream.
Blunt. I come with gracious offers from the P. Hen. I think, to steal cream indeed ; for king, thy theft hath already made thee butter. But If you vouchsafe me hearing, and respect. tell me, Jack; Whose fellows are these that Hot. Welcome, Sir Walter Blunt; And would come after?
to God, Fal. Mine, Hal, mine.
You were of our determination ! P. Hen. I did never see such pitiful rascals.
Some of us love you well: and even those some Fal. Tut, tut; good enough to toss; food for Envy your great deserving, and good name; powder, food for powder; they'll fill a pit, as Because you are not of our quality,t well as better ; tush, man, mortal men, mortal But stand against us like an enemy.
Blunt. And God defend, but still I should stand West. Ay, but, Sir John, methinks they are exceeding poor and bare; too beggarly.
So long as, out of limit and true rule, Fal. Faith, for their poverty, --I know not You stand against anointed majesty! where they had that: and for their bareness,- But, to my charge.-The king hath sent to know I am sure, they never learned that of me. The nature of your griefs;s and whereupon
P. Hen. No, I'll be sworn; unless you call You conjure from the breast of civil peace three fingers on the ribs, bare. But, sirrah, Such bold hostility, teaching this duteous land make haste ; Percy is already in the field.
Audacious cruelty : If that the king Fal. What, is the king encamped ?
Have any way your good deserts forgot, West. He is, Sir John ; I fear, we shall stay Which he confesseth to be manifold, too long.
He bids you name your griefs, and, with all speed, Fal. Well,
You shall have your desires, with interest; To the latter end of a fray, and the beginning of And pardon absolute yourself, and these, a feast,
Herein misled by your suggestion. Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. [Exeunt.
Hot. The king is kind; and, well we know,
the king SCENE III.-The Rebel Camp, near Shrews- Knows at what time to promise, when to pay. bury.
My father, and my uncle, and myself,
Did give him that same royalty he wears : Enter HotSPUR, WORCESTER, Douglas, and
when he was not six and twenty strong, VERNON.
Sick in the world's regard, wretched and low, Hot. We'll fight with him to-night.
A poor unminded outlaw sneaking home, Wor. It may not be.
My father gave him welcome to the shore : Doug. You give him then advantage. And, when he heard him swear, and vow to Ver. Not a whit.
God, Hot. Why say you so? looks he not for sup- He came bat to be duke of Lancaster, ply?.
To sue his livery, i and beg his peace; Ver. So do we.
* Conduct, experience.
The delivery of his lands
With tears of innocency, and terms of zeal,- As I am truly given to understand,
there's Douglas, Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
Apd Mortimer. Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurg;
Arch. No, Mortimer's not there. And uow, forsooth, takes on him to reform Gent. But there is Mordake, Vernon, lord HarSome certain edicts, and some strait decrees,
ry Percy, That lie too heavy on the commonwealth : And there's my lord of Worcester; and a head Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen. Over his country's wrongs; and, by this face, Arch. And so there is : but yet the king bath This seeming brow of justice, did he win
drawn The hearts of all that he did angle for.
The special head of all the land together ;Proceeded further; cut me off the heads The prince of Wales, lord John of Lancaster, Of all the favourites, that the absent king The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt; In deputation left behind him here,
And many more corrivals, and dear men When he was personal in the Irish war.
or estimation and command in arms. Blunt. Tut, I came not to hear this.
Gent. Doubt not, my lord, they shall be weil Hot. Then, to the point.
oppos’d. In short time after, he deposed the king;
Arch. I hope no less, yet needful 'tis to fear; Soon after that, depriv'd him of his lite ; And, to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed: And, in the neck of that, task'd the whole state: For, if loru Percy thrive not, ere the king To make that worse, suffer'd his kinsman March Dismiss his power, he means to visit us, (Who is, if every owner were well plac'd, For he hath heard of our confederacy,indeed his king,) to be incag'd in Wales, And 'tis but wisdom to make strong against him ; There without ransom to lie forfeited ;
Therefore, make haste : I must go write again Disgrac'd me in my happy victories;
To other friends; and so farewell, Sir Michael
. Sought to entrap me by iotelligence;
[Ereunt severalły. Rated my uncle from the council-board:. In rage dismiss'd my father from the court;
ACT V. Broke oath on oath, committed wrong on wrong: SCENE 1.- The King's Camp near Shrewsbury. And, in conclusion, drove us to seek out
Enter King HENRY, Prince HENRY, Prince This head of safety ; and, withal, to pry
Joan of Lancaster, Sir WALTER Blunt, and Into his title, the which we find
Sir John FALSTAFF.
K. Hen. How bloodily the sun begins to peer Hot. Not so, Sir Walter; we'll withdraw a- Above yon buskyt bill: the day looks pale while.
At his distemperature. Go to the king; and let there be impawn'd
P. Hen. The southern wind Some surety for a safe return again,
Doth play the trumpet to his purposes; And in the morning early shall mine uncle And, by his hollow whistling in the leaves, Bring him our purposes : and so farewell.
Foretelle a tempest, and a blustering day. Blunt. I would, you would accept of grace and
K. Hen. Then with the losers let it sympathize, love.
For nothing can seem foul to those that win.Hot. And, may be, so we shall.
Blunt. 'Pray heaved, you do! [Exeunt. Trumpet.—Enter WORCESTER and Versor. SCENE IV.-York.-A Room in the Archbi. How now, my lord of Worcester? 'tis not well, shop's House.
That you and I should meet upon such terms
As now we meet: You have deceiv'd our trust; Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, and a Gen- And made us doff | our easy robes of peace,
To crush our old limbs in ungentle steel : Arch. Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealed This is not well, my lord, this is not well. brief,+
What say you to't? will you again unknit With winged haste, to the lord mareschal; This churlish knot of all-abhorred war? This to my cousin Scroop; and all the rest And move in that obedient orb again, To whom they are directed: if you knew Where you would give a fair and natural light; Ilow much they do import, you would make And be no more an exhal'd meteor, haste.
A prodigy of fear, and a portent Gent. My good lord,
of broached inischief to the unborn times? I guess their tenor.
Wor. Hear me, my liege : Arch. Like enough, you do.
For mine own part, I could be well content To-morrow, good Sir Michael, is a day, To entertain the lag-end of my life Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men With quiet hours; for, I do protest, Must 'bide the touch : For, Sir, at Shrewsbury,
* A strength on which they reckoned. | Woody. Letter.
* The greater
I have not sought the day of this dislike. To grace this latter age with noble deeds.
I have a truant been to chivalry ;
Yet this before my father's majesty, Wor. It pleas'd your majesty, to turn your I am content, that he shall take the odds looks
Of his great name and estimation ; Of favour, from myself, and all our house ; And will, to save the blood on either side, And yet I must remember you, my lord, Try fortune with him in a single fight. We were the first and dearest of your friends. K. Hen. And, prince of Wales, so dare we For you, my staff of office did I break
venture thee, In Richard's time; and posted day and night Albeit, considerations infinite To meet you on the way, and kiss your hand, Do make against it :-No, good Worcester, no, When yet you were in place and in account We love our people well; even those we love, Nothing so strony and fortunate as I.
That are misled upon your cousin's part: It was myself, my brother, and his son
And, will they take the offer of our grace, That brought you home, and boldly did outdare Both he, and they, and you, yea, every man The dangers of the time: You swore to us,- Shall be my friend again, and I'll be his : And you did swear that oath at Doncaster, So tell your cousin, and bring me word That you did nothing purpose 'gainst the state ; What he will do :--But if he will not yield, Nor claim no further than your new-fall’o right, Rebuke and dread correction wait op us, The seat of Gaunt, dukedom of Lancaster: Aud they shall do their office. So, be gone; To this we swore our aid. But, in short space, We will not pow be troubled with reply: It rain'd dowo fortune showering on your head ; We offer fair, take it advisedly. And such a flood of greatness fell on you,
[Exeunt Worcester and VERNON. What with our help; what with the absent P. Hen. It will not be accepted, on my life : king;
The Douglas and the Hotspur together Wbat with the injuries of a wanton time; Are confident against the world in arms. The seeming sufferances that you had borne ; K. Hen. Hence, therefore, every leader to And the contrarious winds, that held the king
his charge ; So long in his unlucky Irish wars,
For, on their answer, will we set on them; That all in England did repute him dead, And God befriend us, as our cause is just! And, from this swarm of fair advantages,
[Exeunt King, Blunt, and Prince John. You took occasion to be quickly woo'd
Fal. Hal, if thou see me down in the battle, To gripe the general sway into your hand : and bestride me, so; 'tis a point of friendship. Forgot your oath to us at Doncaster;
P. Hen. Nothing but a colossus can do thee And, being fed by us, you us'd us so
that friendship: Say tby prayers, and farewell. As that angentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
Fal. I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all Useth the sparrow: did oppress our nest;
well, Grew by our feeding to so great a bulk,
P. Hen. Why, thou owest God a death. That even our love durst not come near your
Fal. 'Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay For fear of swallowing; but with nimble wing him before his day. What need I be so forward We were enforc'd, for safety sake, to fly with him that calls pot on me? Well, 'tis no Out of your sight, and raise this present head : matter; Honour pricks me on, Yea, but how Whereby we stand opposed by such means if honour pricks me off when I come on; how As you yourself have forg'd against yourself; then? Can honour set a leg? No. Or an arm? By uokind usage, dangerous countepaoce, No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. And violation of all faith and trotb
Honour hath no skill in surgery then ? No. Sworn to us in your younger enterprize. What is honour? A word. What is in that word, K. Hen. These things, indeed, you have aro honour? What is that honour? Air. A trim ticulated, t
reckoning !- Who bath it? He that died o'WedProclaim'd at market-crosses, read in churches ; mesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? To face the garment of rebellion
No. Is it insensible then? Yea, to the dead. With some fine colour, that may please the eye But will it not live with the living ? No. Why? Of fickle changlings, and poor discontents, Detraction will not suffer it: therefore I'll none Which gape, and rub the elbow, at the news of it: Honour is a mere scutcheon, * and so ends Of hurlyburly innovation :
[Exit. And never yet did insurrection want Such water-colours, to impaint his cause; SCENE II.-The Rebel Camp.-Enter WoRNor moody beggars, starving for a time
CESTER and VERNON. Of pellmell havoc and confusion.
Wor. O, no, my nephew must not know, Sir P. Hen. In bolb our armies, there is many a Richard, soul
The liberal kind offer of the king. Shall pay full dearly for this encounter,
Ver. 'Twere best he did. If once they join in trial. Tell your nephew, Wor. Then are we all undone. The prince of Wales doth join with all the world It is not possible, it cannot be, In praise of Henry Percy; By my hopes,– The king should keep his word in loving us ; This present enterprize set off his head,
He will suspect us still, and find a time I do not think, a braver gentleman,
To punish this offence in other faults : More active-valiant, or more valiant-young, Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes : More daring, or more bold, is now alive,
For treason is but trusted like the fox; * A chattering bird, a pie. Exhibited in articles.
* Painted heraldry in funerals:
Who, ne'er so tame, so cherish'd, and lock'd up, I will embrace bim with a soldier's arm,
That he shall shrink under my courtesy.-
Arm, arm, with speed :- And, fellows, soldiers, Interpretation will misquote our looks;
friends, And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
Better consider what you have to do,
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. My lord, bere are letters for you.
Hot. I cannot read them now.And, his corruption being ta'en from us,
O gentlemen, the time of life is short; We, as the spring of all, shall pay for all.
To spend that shortness basely, were too long Therefore, good cousin, let not Harry know,
If life did ride upon a dial's point, In any case, the offer of the king.
Still ending at the arrival of an hour. Ver. Deliver what you will, I'll say, 'tis so.
An if we live, we live to tread on kings ; Here comes your cousin.
If die, brave death, when princes die with us!
Now for our conscience,-the arms are fair, Enter Hotspur and Douglas; and Officers and When the intent of bearing them is just. Soldiers, behind.
Enter another MESSENGER.
Mess. My lord, prepare'; the king comes oa Wor. The king will bid you battle presently.
apace. Doug. Defy him by the lord of Westmoreland. Hot. I thank him, that he cuts me from my Hol. Lord Douglas, go you and tell him so.
tale, Doug. Marry, and shall, and very willingly.
For 1 profess not talking; Only this, [Exit.
Let each man do his best : and here drawi Wor. There is no seeming mercy in the king. A sword, whose temper I intend to stain Hot. Did you beg any? God forbid !
With the best blood that I can meet withal Wor. I told him gently of our grievances,
In the adventure of this perilous day. Of his oath-breaking; which he mended thus, Now,-Esperance!*—Percy !--And set on.By now forswearing that he is forsworn :
Sound all the lofty instruments of war, He calls us rebels, traitors; and will scourge
And by that music let us all embrace : With haughty arms this hateful name in us.
For, heaven to earth, some of us never shall
A second time do such a courtesy.
[The Trumpets sound. They embraer,
and exeunt. Doug. Arm, gentlemen; to arms! for I have thrown
SCENE III.--Plain near Shrewsbury. A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth, And Westmoreland, that was engag'd, did bear it. Excursions, and Parties fighting. Alarum tə Which cannot choose but bring bien quickly on.
the Batlle. Then enter Douglas and Blunt, Wor. The prince of Wales stepp'd forth before
meeting. the king, And, nephew, challeng'd you to single fight.
Blunt. What is thy name, that in the battle Hol. O, 'would the quarrel lay upou our beads; Thou crossest me? what honour dost thou seek
Upon my head?
Doug? Know then, my name is Douglas;
Because some tell me that thou art a king. Unless a brother should a brother dare
Bluni. They tell thee true. To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
Doug. The lord of Stafford dear to-day hath He gave you all the duties of a man;
bought Trimm'd up your praises with a princely tongue; This sword hath ended him : so shall it thee,
Thy likeness ; for, instead of thee, king Harry, Spoke your deservings like a chronicle; Making you ever better than his praise,
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner. By still dispraising praise, valued with you;
Blunt. I was not born a yielder, thou proud
And thou shalt find a king that will revenge And cbid his truant youth with such a grace,
Lord Stafford's death. As if he master'd there a double spirit,
[They fight, and Blunt is slait. of teaching, and of learning, instantly.
Hot. O Douglas, hadst thou fought at Holme-
Hot. Cousin, I think thou art enamoured Doug. All's done, all's won; here breathless Upon his follies; never did I hear
lies the king Of any prince, so wild, at liberty :
• The motto of the Percy family.